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Dear Real Spellers,

It was necessary to do a major software upgrade to the site, which entailed the necessity of moving to a new commenting system, as the old one has, alas, been abandoned by its creator. There really was no choice about this. As with so much software these days, and upgrade was really in many ways a downgrade, and I am trying to compensate for lost functionality as best I can. It's pretty frustrating.

I have done my best to cobble together a solution that would preserve all the old comments while giving the ability to post new comments in the simplest way possible. I hope it is all pretty self-explanatory but, if not, let me know and I'll try to explain, or perhaps post some new instructional videos.

While I was at it, I thought it was long past time for a refresh of the look of the site, which had gotten rather stale and old-fashioned. I have tried for something that is clean and simple, but unfortunately, I am not a visual designer. If any of you are good at visual design and/or web typography and want to send me some suggestions for improvement, I'd be glad to consider them.

This has been a pretty major project, and has taken me some hundreds of hours spread over the last six months. As with any major upgrade like this one, there are bound to be glitches and things that don't work. Please just let me know and be patient, and I'll fix them as soon as I can. If you posted an article or comment in the last couple of weeks, it may not have made it to the new site. If so, just repost, or let me know and I'll find it in the old site, which I have preserved for now, just in case.

I hope you all continue to find the site useful.

Matt

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